Vespa LX 50
Vespa LX 50

Mini city scooter

If you plan to scoot around town at low speeds, experts say the Vespa LX 50's classic style and excellent build quality surpass its cheaper competitors. Vespa estimates the gas-powered LX 50 scooter can get 95 to 100 mpg, although it delivers only 65 mpg in one independent test. In some jurisdictions, the Vespa LX 50 (like other 50 cc scooters) allows you to park on the sidewalk and forget about insurance and registration. However, the Vespa LX 50 can only reach 39 mph; it is the only Best Reviewed scooter that can't achieve highway speeds.
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MSRP: $3,300 Estimated Price
Kymco People 150
Kymco People 150

Budget motor scooter

The Kymco People 150 costs less than the Vespa LX 50 (MSRP: $3,300), and yet the Kymco scooter is much more powerful. It's still a mini scooter, though, promising nearly as good gas mileage as the smaller Vespa (55 mpg in one real-world test). Experts say the People 150 scooter is a well-built machine with a classic profile, although Vespa beats it hands-down in the finish and style departments. The People 150 is freeway-legal, but with a top speed of only 57 mph, experts prefer a bigger scooter for freeway use.
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MSRP: $2,800 Estimated Price
Vespa GTS 250
Vespa GTS 250

Best scooter overall

No scooter gets more nods from reviewers than the Vespa GTS 250. Its classic beauty and superb build quality impress even diehard motorcyclists. Its middle size makes it nimble enough for city streets and powerful enough for the freeway, although some testers say they still feel safer on a bigger scooter there. Vespa makes more expensive 250 cc scooters like the GTV 250 (MSRP: $6,900), but the nicely finished GTS 250 is the critics' favorite. The GTS 250 comes close to its estimated 65 to 70 mpg in real-world tests, and it can go up to 76 mph.
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MSRP: $6,000 Estimated Price
Honda Silver Wing
Honda Silver Wing

Brawny scooter suitable for the highway

It's expensive, but the Honda Silver Wing is the best scooter for freeway riding and long road trips -- and for motorcyclists who never thought they'd ride a scooter. The 582 cc Silver Wing cruises comfortably at speeds up to 90 mph, with a smooth, well-cushioned ride. It also looks more like a motorcycle than most gas scooters. Reviewers appreciate Honda's excellent build quality and reliability, and the Silver Wing is one of the few scooters that offer antilock brakes. However, the Silver Wing is big and heavy, which drives fuel economy down to 46 mpg in one real-world test. Some testers find it too big to use as a city runabout. The Silver Wing scooter also offers little storage space for a long-hauler.
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MSRP: $8,500 to $9,000 Estimated Price
Piaggio MP3 500
Piaggio MP3 500

Three-wheeled scooter for extra stability

Unlike other scooters, Piaggio's MP3 lineup has two wheels in front. They're closely spaced, with a special suspension that allows them to lean into turns like a single wheel. Testers say the MP3 feels more stable than a two-wheeler, with better traction and braking. Piaggio offers two smaller, less expensive MP3 scooters, but reviewers recommend the big MP3 500 most often. It's a comfortable touring scooter like the Honda Silver Wing (MSRP: $8,500 to $9,000), but with a Darth Vader-esque matte-black exterior. This 493 cc scooter claims better gas mileage (55 to 57 mpg) than the Silver Wing displays, while still reaching a top speed of 89 mph. Like the Silver Wing, though, testers say the MP3 500 skimps on storage space.
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MSRP: $8,900 Estimated Price
Vectrix VX-1
Vectrix VX-1

Powerful electric scooter

Reviewers are excited about the Vectrix VX-1, an all-electric scooter that the company says can go up to 55 miles on a single charge. Real-life tests say it's more like 25 to 40 miles, especially if you spend a lot of time at the VX-1 electric scooter's top speed of 62 mph. The VX-1 is far more powerful than other electric scooters, which usually can't go over 45 mph. Testers say it's very fun to drive. It's also very expensive, but eco-friendly tax breaks bring the price in line with the Honda Silver Wing (MSRP: $8,500 to $9,000). The Vectrix company has sold few VX-1s and has fallen on financial hard times. It has introduced two cheaper, less powerful Vectrix models in an effort to boost sales.
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MSRP: $10,495 Estimated Price
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